Posted On: 2019-10-31
Closing On: 2019-11-30
Location: Toronto, ON
Effective: To be Determined
Employment Type: Full-Time
Level: Senior
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Job Description

George Brown College Foundation

Chief Development Officer

Position Type:                    Permanent, full-time

Date Ad Posted:                 November 1, 2019

Position Title:                      Chief Development Officer

Salary:                                   $80,000 - $100,000

Application Deadline:       Until the position is filled

Reports to:                           President, George Brown College Foundation

The George Brown College Foundation is a separately incorporated registered charity that serves as the primary fundraising vehicle for George Brown College. Established in 1984, the mission of the Foundation is to support George Brown College (GBC) commitment to excellence in teaching, applied learning and innovation, as well as its commitment to access, diversity and mutual respect.  Together with our donors, we work to ensure that no student is denied a post-secondary education at George Brown College because of financial constraints. 

Summary of the Position:

The Chief Development Officer works in partnership with the Foundation’s President in the continuous assessment and implementation of the development strategy to achieve George Brown College’s vision through private fundraising with particular emphasis on the major gift program. The role is tasked with the responsibility of seeing to the Foundation’s success and development. It requires working closely with donors, college leadership, the Board of Directors, Foundation staff, volunteers and other stakeholder groups.


  • Contribute to the President’s development of a strategic fundraising plan with specific, ambitious and achievable goals particular to a major gifts strategy, and implement that plan with the current Foundation staff, volunteers and Foundation resources.
  • Act, with the Foundation’s President, as the lead fundraiser; including but not limited to identify, contact, cultivate and track relationships with high net-worth individuals, corporations and foundations with the capacity to become donors.
  • Oversee development officers ensuring specific programming is in place to meet objectives.
  • Oversee stewardship of current and past donors including managing recognition opportunities, special events, signage and ensuring ongoing communications and relationship management.
  • With the President and the Board of Directors, share accountability for Foundation administration including business planning, investing, budgeting, financial control, oversight of the annual audit and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Work collaboratively with the President and GBC leadership to ensure the Foundation is fully aligned with the College’s strategic imperatives.
  • Manage and cultivate relationships with volunteer cabinets.
  • Deliver on goals and financial targets articulated in the Foundation’s business plan.
  • Cultivate relationships within all academic centres and corporate divisions within the College to identify major gift development, foster a culture of philanthropy and steward program execution.
  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Carry out other duties as determined by the Foundation.
  • Assist the President with special projects and assignments.



  • University degree or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A post-graduate degree is an asset.
  • Additional courses and/ or certification in fundraising is preferred. A Certified Fundraising Professional certification is an asset.
  • Knowledge and understanding of fundraising are highly desirable.
  • General knowledge and appreciation of the Ontario College post- secondary education system is preferred.


  • Ten years or more of direct involvement in fundraising and partnership development role with a proven track record of success.
  • Five years or more of management experience working with major gift volunteer cabinet.
  • Five years or more of demonstrated success in talent recruitment, management and retention.
  • Management and successful execution of major capital campaigns.
  • Demonstrated major gift / partnership development experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of higher education system, particularly the Ontario College sector as an asset.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising – able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.
  • Results-oriented, dynamic and enthusiastic individual with demonstrated relationship building skills as well as a proven ability to “close the gift.”
  • Ability to anticipate unforeseen circumstances and formulate appropriate responses in alignment with institutional and Foundation priorities.
  • A strategic thinker who has the ability to align major donor strategy with the Foundation and College’s strategic plan and growth initiatives.


  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, tact and diplomacy with varying stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to communicate a compelling vision – both verbally and written.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills. 
  • Evidence of leadership, initiative and follow-through. 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet objectives in a highly competitive environment.
  • Ability to lead staff, volunteers and college stakeholders to meet the mandate of the Foundation.



  • An appreciation for higher education fundraising is an asset.
  • A highly self-motivated and self-directed individual who delivers on commitments.
  • Must adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrate an empathetic disposition and perseverance, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.
  • Outstanding ability to work effectively in teams of diverse people and skills.
  • Excellent planning & prioritizing skills to achieve specific goals and deadlines.
  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends as required to attend fundraising events and donor meetings.


Candidates will be asked to provide writing samples of their work, in addition to making a formal presentation before the hiring committee. Candidates may be asked to complete a candidate assessment profile during the interview process.

The Foundation requires proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post-secondary institutions and/or their foreign equivalents.  Credentials may require validation at the time of interviews.


Please send the covering letter and resume in one pdf document via email or fax.

Attention: GBC Foundation Hiring Committee

Email address:

Fax: 416-415-5011


The Foundation wishes to thank all for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

For additional information, please visit George Brown College Foundation.